A jury found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning deaths of her young children in the bathtub of their suburban home.
Yates will be committed to a state mental hospital, with periodic hearings before a judge to determine whether she should be released. If convicted, she would have faced life in prison.
I've never understood the "insanity" plea. Why does an "insane" person get to aviod the consequences of thier actions? It was never in dispute that she actually drowned her kids, so how, exactly, is she not guilty? Shouldn't she be GUILTY by reason of insanity? This really bothers me. As long as you are insane (or can act that way) you can literally get away with murder. The system is broke, and it needs a fixin'.